Advanced Entry

IADT welcomes applications for Advanced Entry into second year or subsequent years across our programmes.

Details on how to apply to a programme via Advanced Entry are below, if you have any further questions feel free to drop us an email or pop by and see us on campus.


Digital Portfolio Submission is now open for applicants applying for Advanced Entry to Years 2, 3 or 4 of a course which requires portfolio assessment.

The deadline for submitting your portfolio is midnight on Wednesday 27th May 2020.

Before you start your Digital Portfolio submission:

·         You will need your CAO number to begin your submission. All courses you submit your portfolio to must be included in the Advanced Entry section of your CAO application by Friday 15th May.

·         Your digital portfolio should have a minimum of 10 pieces and a maximum of 25 pieces uploaded to your submission.

·         We have prepared some helpful tips for photographing your work. 

·         Film + video files must be under 5MB for upload, larger files must be submitted via a url: YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please make sure that any online videos are public and password free for assessing.

Click on the link below to start your submission

See below advice + FAQs

How do I submit my digital portfolio to more than one Advanced Entry course?

Once you have completed your first submission the system will allow you to duplicate your portfolio and assign it to another Advanced Entry Course. (select option in My Submissions > copy).

Will I need to attend for Interview?

Following portfolio assessment some applicants may be invited to take part in online interview to discuss their application. It is expected that interviews, where required will take place in early June.

When will I find receive the results?

You will be informed of the outcome of your Advanced Entry application through the CAO by June 20th. 

Do I need to document and submit every piece from my physical portfolio or an overview?

We allow up to 25 pieces (pages) to be uploaded with your submission. If you have a greater quantity of work you should make a final selection that showcases the very best of your work and suitability for your Course of choice. See our Portfolio Guidelines.

Do I need to photograph and submit pages from my notebooks?

Yes – we are always interested in seeing your process work and development studies. You may consider creating a collage of pages to show the range of investigations. Or consider a short movie see Photo Tips and Guidelines here.

Should I receive a confirmation email to acknowledge that IADT have received my portfolio submission?

Yes – you will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission . 

If I have any queries about the submission process, who do I contact?

Please contact IADT Admissions Office: E:

What will happen to my digital submission after assessment? Do you delete files?

We will retain all Applicant files until the end of the recruitment period – date of final CAO offered being made in 2020. Once all offers have been made all data will be securely deleted according to GDPR guidelines.

For further details or queries please contact IADT Admissions Office: E: or T: +353 1 239 4621. 

Advanced Entry is applying to gain entry to second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate programme in IADT. This is an option when an applicant has previous educational achievements and/or work experience that are considered directly relevant to the programme they wish to apply for.

Availability of places differs from year to year and sometimes, in certain programmes, Advanced Entry places may not become available due to programmes being full. 

Advanced Entry is offered across all of our programmes at IADT. 

However, availability of places differs from year to year and sometimes, in certain programmes, Advanced Entry places may not become available due to programmes being full. 

Advanced Entry applications are made online at CAO.

Supporting Documents should be sent to the CAO. Please include all relevant information that might help IADT assess your application including:

  • Copies of FETAC L5 and 6 awards
  • Copies of BTEC and other awards
  • Transcripts from previous Higher Education
  • A CV with information about relevant previous experience with references
  • A statement of interest

Thursday April 30th 2020  

Honours Bachelor Degrees - Level 8

DL804 Creative Music Production (Years: 4)
DL826 Visual Communication Design (Years: 2,3)
DL827 Visual Arts Practice Fine Art (Years: 2,3,4)
DL828 3D Design, Modelmaking Digital Art (Years: 2,3,4)
DL829 Design for Stage + Screen Costume Design (Years: 2,3,4)
DL830 Design for Stage + Screen Makeup Design (Years: 2,3,4)
DL831 Design for Stage + Screen Production Design (Years: 2,3,4)
DL832 Animation (Years: 2,3,4)
DL833 Photography (Years: 2,3,4)
DL834 Film and Television Production (Years: 2,3,4)

Ordinary Bachelor Degrees/Higher Certificates - Level 7

DL704 Creative Music Production (Years: 2,3)


Monday 31st August 2020 

Honours Bachelor Degrees - Level 8

DL801 Bachelor of Business Hons - Entrepreneurship (Year: 4)
DL821 English, Media + Cultural Studies (Years: 2,3,4)
DL822 Arts Management (Years: 2,3,4)
DL823 Bachelor of Business Hons - Entrepreneurship + Management (Years: 2,3,4)
DL825 Applied Psychology (Years: 2)
DL835 BSc Hons in Creative Media Technologies (Years: 2,3,4)
DL836 BSc Hons in Creative Computing (Years: 2,3,4)
DL837 BA Hons in New Media Studies (Years: 2)

Ordinary Bachelor Degrees/Higher Certificates - Level 7

DL701 Bachelor of Business - Applied Entrepreneurship (Years: 2,3)

Advanced Entry applications are assessed on the basis of availability of places in the relevant programme year and on merit. 

For this reason we ask that you include all supporting documentation that references previous educational achievements and/or work experience that is considered directly relevant to the programme that you wish to apply for.

Offers for Advanced Entry places are generally made during the summer months; July and August. Some programmes may offer their places sooner than that. The majority of offers are made by early-September. 

Offers are issued by the CAO via email. 

Further information is available from